A Week of Wonderful Pasta: Day Two – Dad’s Lasagna

Today, I stepped into Sur La Table. It’s a kitchen store like William Sonoma that is super snooty and you only go in during season-end sales and even then to just sample $30.00 bottles of Olive Oil. This day, however, I scored.

I found a lasagna dish for $7.99. I know, you can hold your applause! I found a 9×13 dish to bake piles of deliciousness for friends on a Friday night for under $25 at Sur La Table. So, I was excited. Some people get excited about the FIFA World Cup, I get excited about ceramic baking dishes.

Lasagna is not so complicated, but does require a lot of ingredients. A fun idea might be to have a party where everybody brings a part of the dish – some bring the noodles and cheese, others bring the meat, somebody brings the salad… it’s a potluck without a ton of dishes! That’s college, right there. That and asking people to bring their own plates! There we go…

My Dad’s Lasagna
This lasagna is cheesy and melty and delicious – a staple in the Johnson household. You will have leftovers, but a baked dish like this is even better the next day topped with some fresh sauce. Don’t make it for one because you will be eating lasagna for the rest of your life – get some friends together!

Ricotta Cheese Filling

  • 32 oz of good quality Ricotta Chees
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbs of dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup of ground parmesan cheese 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • 2 Tbs Olive oil
  • 1lb TURKEY
  • 2 Jars of marinara sauce (64 oz combined)

Other Parts

  • 1 Box lasagna noodles cooked al dente
  • 1 lb shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  1. Preheat Oven to 375F
  2. Brown turkey in about 1 TBS of virgin olive oil.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Add marinara sauce and let simmer until about 1/2 the original volume (about 15-20 minutes)
  3. In large mixing bowl, place ricotta cheese, eggs, oregano, parmesan cheese and mix until smooth.  Add salt and pepper to taste and mix until combined.
  4. Shred mozzarella cheese and set aside
  5. In a 9″ x 13″ well greased pan, place one layer of lasagna noodles covering the entire bottom.  Cover noodles with about 1 cup of ricotta cheese mixture and spread until smooth.  Place about 1 cup of the meat sauce over the ricotta and spread until smooth.  Cover with enough mozzarella to cover meat sauce and shake parmesan over to taste.  Repeat procedure 2 more times finishing the lasagna with a final covering of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  6. Place in oven and cook for 30-45 minutes or until cheese is lightly brown and it is bubbling around the edges.
  7. Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes.

Serves about 8 people and still have some left over!

Yummm! Love, Dad


Categories: Food

Author:Rachel Johnson

Writer/Photographer/Food Person Stupid Good: When food is so simple and delicious, it's just stupid. www.stupidgoodrachel.com

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